A MESSAGE FROM
HON. WILDA DIAZ, MAYOR
CITY OF PERTH AMBOY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22, 2010
Contacts: See Below
Update on Harbortown Fire and Collection Information
PERTH AMBOY, NJ— Mayor Wilda Diaz and the Human Services Department are working closely with the community and organizations to help those affected by Sunday evening’s fire in Harbortown, a private housing complex in Perth Amboy that left nearly 100 people out of their homes in a 32-unit complex. There were no fatalities and no serious injuries.
The fire was completely extinguished yesterday afternoon after experiencing some smoldering since Sunday. The Code Enforcement Department has been in contact with the Harbortown property owners and their construction management. A “Notice of Imminent Hazard” and an order to begin to demolish the building by Thursday, December 30,2010 have been issued.
Today, prior to the demolition of the building, fire victims of 9 units that are safe to enter will be escorted by public safety officials to retrieve their belongings. Residents in search of valuables and medicine in the other units may request them. Public Safety officials will attempt to retrieve these items if the structure is safe enough to enter.
American Red Cross has supplied the families with vouchers and other necessities since the day of the incident. Harbortown has offered housing to all displaced families, 21 of the 31 families are in the process of being moved into vacant apartments within the Harbortown community—other families have moved to other nearby apartment communities and several others are still considering their options. The property owners are working with them to find the best solution for each family. Harbortown has also provided Wal-Mart gift cards for each family.
“Perth Amboy’s community is really coming together to provide for our families. We have an overwhelming response from local organization and surrounding communities in demonstrating the Spirit of Giving,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz.
On Thursday, December 23, 2010 the City of Perth Amboy will host a presentation of gifts and donations from local and surrounding businesses and other organizations. Various local aid organizations are hosting holiday dinners for the displaced residents throughout the next week.
The City is not directly receiving monetary donations, but several area relief organizations have already contacted the City offering assistance to the affected families. They include:
- The Jewish Renaissance Foundation
If you are interested in making other donations you may contact the Office of Housing and Social Services at (732)-826-1690. The City of Perth Amboy will be closed on Friday, December 24, 2010 and will reopen on Monday, December 27, 2010.
For more information, please contact:
Harry Stadler, General Counsel: (732) - 750-1111
City of Perth Amboy
Public Information Office: (732) - 826-0290 ext. 4006
For additional information about the City of Perth Amboy, please visit: www.ci.perthamboy.nj.us